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JoAnn Richey

JoAnn Richey (Strickland)

Wednesday, December 26th, 1934 - Saturday, October 24th, 2020
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Obituary

JoAnn Strickland Richey was born December 26, 1934 and passed over to her forever home on October 24, 2020 at the age of 85.

Funeral: 11 a.m. Thursday, October 29, at North Davis Church of Christ, 1601 N Davis Dr, Arlington. Interment: Moore Memorial Gardens, Arlington. Visitation: 10-11 a.m. prior to the service at the church.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations are encouraged to Hearts and Hands pantry ministry at North Davis Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas.

JoAnn’s parents were Shaw and Leta Mae Strickland. She attended San Benito High School where she loved being part of the Band and performing as a twirler. JoAnn married Bobby Morrow in 1954, and they attended Abilene Christian College where she was Homecoming Queen in 1957, the same year their twins Ron and Vicki were born. Several years later, she went back to ACC after their divorce and obtained her BA in secondary education and began her teaching career in Mission, Texas. She married Gerald Richey in 1971 and moved to Arlington, Texas where they were blessed with a daughter, Kari. JoAnn loved her students and fellow teachers where she taught in every high school in Arlington throughout her career before retiring.
JoAnn loved her family and hosted many memorable holidays in her home. In retirement, she enjoyed working in her beautiful yard and singing in a country western band in the area. She and Gerald were very close to their church and especially small group at North Davis Church of Christ and made lots of special memories together. She and Coach Richey were long time volunteers at the Hearts and Hands pantry ministry.
JoAnn was gracious and kind to everyone she met, always ready to offer whatever help she could. An eternal optimist, she taught all of us to always look on the bright side. Her goal was to be a “prayer warrior, not a worrier”. She wrote in her Bible “When the world is dark, we need to be a bright light”. She was a bright light to many people, a woman of great faith in Jesus, who will be greatly missed. “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” We want to thank the staff at Town Hall Estates for their loving care over the past year and a half.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, Shaw and Leta Mae Strickland; sister, Patsy Feller; and husband, Gerald Richey.

Survivors: She is survived by brother, Mike Strickland and wife, Debbie; as well as children, Ron and Becky Morrow, Vicki and Rick Watson, Kari and Josh Kinney; and grandchildren, Cory, Lacy, Dylan, Elliott, Jayson, Stacey, and LeeAnne; seven great-grandchildren; and one great great-granddaughter. #BeABrightLight

Wade Family Funeral Home
(817) 274-9233
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    North Davis Church of Christ
    Address
    1601 North Davis Drive
    ARLINGTON, TX 76012-2566
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  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    North Davis Church of Christ
    Address
    1601 North Davis Drive
    ARLINGTON, TX 76012-2566
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  • Interment

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020 |
    When
    Thursday, October 29th, 2020
    Location
    Moore Memorial Gardens
    Address
    1219 N Davis Dr.
    Arlington, United States 76012
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Worth Wren

Posted at 09:57am
I never met JoAnn Strickland Richey. But she has inspired me, just by reading her obituary!
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Norma Jordan

Posted at 07:04pm
So sorry to hear of JoAnn's passing. I worked with her at SHHS. Shared many fun times. Will never forget her Elvis appearance at our girls getaway at Lake Tawakani!

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Jerilyn Falconer

Posted at 01:45pm
I taught with JoAnn for nearly 20 years at Sam Houston High School. She was always thoughtful and so much fun. She was a part of a group of teachers that went to Canton and spent the night together at our cabin on Lake Tawakoni a couple of times a year. I’m sorry her “bright light” has left us!
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Lori Richman

Posted at 06:42pm
Mrs. Richey was truly one of my favorite teachers ever! I was fortunate to have her as my accounting teacher at Arlington High. You will be missed.
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Maureen Callahan

Posted at 08:59pm
With love and care in this time of remembering your Mother. Maureen Callahan
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